Saturday, January 10, 2015

Astros Winter League Recaps

Results for Friday, January 9, 2015 (and one from today)

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Adelaide 8, Perth 7

This turned out to be the only game on the ABL slate; the other 2 games, which were taking place on Australia's East Coast, were both postponed. The Bite withstood a late charge from the Heat and held on for the win.

Chan-Jong Moon led off the top of the 9th with a double, and he eventually scored a critical insurance run on a sac fly. In the 6th, he grounded into a force out that brought in a run, and in the 1st, he scored on another sac fly. Tyler Brunnemann recorded his 7th save of the campaign, getting the final 4 outs of the game. He allowed an unearned run on a groundout (runner reached on an error) and a single in the 9th, and struck out 1.

The series finale will take place at 11:05 A.M. Australian Western time. That's 9:05 P.M. tonight, Central time.

LIDOM

Estrellas 4, Águilas 3

Jonathan Villar homered in the 8th inning to bring Águilas to within 1. Estrellas pulled into 2nd place in the round-robin with this win.

Tonight, Águilas will face Gigantes, who currently top the round-robin table. First pitch is at 7:30 Atlantic.

LIGA DE BÉISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE

Santurce 10, Carolina 0

Ruben Sosa got the start in LF for Santurce and finished 1-3 with 2 walks and 2 runs scored.

Carolina was held to 2 hits. Carlos Corporán went 0-2, and Jobduan Morales grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the 9th.

Santurce will take on Caguas, while Carolina hosts Mayagüez. Both games will take place at 7:30 Atlantic.

PROBEIS PANAMA

Águilas 5, Caballos 4

Caballos may have solved their offensive woes, but Águilas walked off with the win. Tyler White hit a 2-run triple and walked, Jack Mayfield finished 2-4, and Telvin Nash went 1-4.

These two teams will play again at 4:00 Eastern.

Industriales 5, Indios 0

Industriales knocked Cris Santamaria around in the final third of the game as all 5 of their runs came off of him; 4 of them were earned. Santamaria allowed 5 hits over 3 innings.

The 2nd game of this series is at 7:00 Eastern.

Happy Birthday - 1/10

Happy Birthday to ~

RHP Gonzalo Sanudo (23)
Originally signed as a NDFA out of Mexico by the Twins prior to the 2011 season, Sanudo came to the Astros organization in a March 2013 trade for Mike Kvasnicka. Sanudo started his season in Quad Cities, going 3-0 with a 1.18 ERA and a 0.887 WHIP in seven appearances (two starts). After his mid-May promotion to Lancaster, he had a 6.02 ERA and a 1.414 WHIP in 19 games (six starts).

RHP Vince Wheeland (23)
Drafted by Houston in the 24th round in 2014 out of Oklahoma State, Wheeland appeared in 15 games for Tri-City with a 5.89 ERA and a 1.745 WHIP.

SS Antonio Nuñez (22)
Drafted by Houston in the 18th round in 2014 out of Western Oklahoma State College, Nuñez spent his first season playing for the Greeneville Astros. In 52 games, he hit .190/.342/.241. He walked 36 times while only striking out 26.

These former Astros celebrate the day as well ~

RHP Sammy Gervacio (30)
Gervacio was originally signed by the Astros as a NDFA out of the Dominican Republic in 2002.  He pitched in 35 games for the Astros in 2009 and 2010.  In 2009, he was particularly effective with a 2.14 ERA and a 1.143 WHIP in 29 games. He quickly became a fan favorite in Houston, mainly because of his elaborate wind-up and unconventional pitching style. He last appeared in the Mexican League in 2013.

RHP Larry Hardy (67)
Originally drafted by the Padres in the 23rd round in 1970, this Bellaire, Texas native came to Houston in a December 1975 trade with San Diego. In 15 games for Houston in 1976, he had a 7.06 ERA and a 2.031 WHIP.

1B Jim Lindeman (53)
A first round pick by the Cardinals in 1983, Lindeman signed with Houston as a free agent in February 1993. In nine games with Houston, he hit .348.348/.478.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Astros Winter League Recaps

Results for Thursday, January 8, 2015

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Wednesday: Perth 7, Adelaide 1

The Bite scored first, but it was all Perth afterwards. Chan-Jong Moon went 0-3.

Thursday: Perth 10, Adelaide 5

The Bite held a 5-2 lead after the 4th, but they were burned by 8 unanswered runs from the Heat to end the game. Chan-Jong Moon hit a double in 4 at-bats and drew a bases-loaded walk in the 4th. Tyler Brunnemann got the final 2 outs of the 8th and allowed an unearned run on a passed ball, a hit, and walked 1.

The third game of this series will take place at 7:20 Australian Western Time.

LIDOM

Gigantes 8, Águilas 6

Both teams scored 3 in the 9th; Gigantes did so to pad their lead, while Águilas made a dent in that lead as they attempted to mount a rally. Jonathan Villar had a solid night at the plate for Águilas as he went 2-4 with a double, a solo homer in the 3rd, and scored 2 runs.


Happy Birthday - 1/9

Happy Birthday to ~

RHP Brandon McNitt (23)
Drafted by Houston in the 27th round in 2014 out of Stony Brook, McNitt pitched his first professional season for Tri-City. In 12 games (three starts), he was 2-1 with a 2.78 ERA and a 1.021 WHIP.

These former Astros also celebrate the day ~

RHP Jay Powell (43)
Drafted by the Orioles in the first round in 1993, Powell came to Houston in a July 1998 trade with the Marlins. He pitched in 160 games for Houston in 1998 to 2001 with an ERA of 4.02 and WHIP of 1.549. He was the winning pitcher of record in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series for the Marlins.

OF Stan Javier (51)
Javier came to Houston in an August 1999 trade with the Giants and played in 20 games for the Astros that season with a batting line of .328/.405/.422. Javier was the first player to hit a home run in an interleague game (against the Rangers) when he played for the Giants. He got his World Series ring when he played for Oakland in 1989.

RHP T. J. Mathews (45)
Originally drafted by the Cardinals in the 36th round in 1992, Matthews signed with Houston as a free agent in January 2002 and pitched in 12 games for the Astros that season with an ERA of 3.44 and WHIP of 1.309.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Astros Winter League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, January 6, and Wednesday, January 7, 2015

LIDOM

Wednesday: Estrellas 2, Águilas 1 in 10 innings

Jonathan Villar went 0-3 with a strikeout for Águilas, who dropped into a tie for 2nd with Estrellas.

Tonight, Águilas will host their bitter rivals, Gigantes. First pitch is at 7:30 Atlantic.

LIGA DE BÉISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE

Results from Tuesday

Santurce 4, Caguas 2

Caguas put up 2 in the bottom of the 4th to tie, but it would be short-lived as Santurce scored 1 in the 5th and added an insurance run in the 9th. Ruben Sosa hit a double in 4 at-bats and scored a run for the Cangrejeros.

Roberto Peña entered the game as a defensive sub for Caguas in the 5th and finished the game, going 1-2 at the plate.

Mayagüez 5, Carolina 3

Mayagüez scored their 5 runs in the final 3 innings of the game, culminating with a 2-run top of the 9th to give them the lead. Carlos Corporán got the start behind the plate for Carolina and finished 2-3 with a solo homer in the 5th inning, his 1st of the round-robin phase. Jobduan Morales grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the 9th.

Wednesday: Carolina 1, Santurce 0

Corporán and Morales (the DH) both went 0-3; Morales struck out twice. Carolina dealt Santurce their first loss of the round-robin.

After an off day today, these two teams will meet again on Friday; Carolina is hosting. In the other matchup, Caguas will travel to Mayagüez that evening.

PROBEIS PANAMA

Tuesday: Indios 4, Caballos 0

Rodrigo Ayarza got the start in right field for Indios and went 2-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored. Jose Montero worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 8th.

For Caballos, Jack Mayfield and Telvin Nash both went 1-3, while Tyler White finished 1-4.

Wednesday: Indios 1, Caballos 0

It's been a tough stretch as of late for Caballos; they've been shut out in 3 of their last 4 games, with a 9-8 win over Industriales sandwiched in between. Mayfield finished 0-3 with a walk and 2 strikeouts, White was 1-2 with a couple of walks, and Nash went 0-4 with a hat trick. Ayarza went 1-3 and scored the only rnn of the game in the 8th on a single from Luis Barahona.

Tonight, Caballos will take on Águilas, while Indios will square off against Industriales. Both games will take place at 7:00 Eastern.

An Interview with Astros RHP Justin Ferrell

I'll admit that I've been a bit intrigued with Astros RHP Justin Ferrell and when I saw him talking on twitter to friend of the blog Bill Morton a couple weeks back, I butted right in and asked him for an interview. Ferrell may not be the highest Astros draft pick of 2014 (36th round), but he certainly stand outs ... literally. Ferrell is listed as being 6'7" and 190 pounds. Wrap your head around that one for a minute. And the listed weight may even have been a little bit generous. But he assured me that he has put on 15 pounds so far over the offseason and is trying to put on a few more before he reports to Spring Training.

Justin Ferrell - July 2014
Photo Courtesy Bryan Green

I caught up with Justin by phone last week to learn a little bit more about him. As always, the first question I had for him was regarding his pitch repertoire. He throws a 2-seam and a 4-seam fastball, slider, curveball and changeup. The fastball sits in the low 90's and tops out at around 94, and he considers his curveball his best pitch. He's been working on both the slider and curve in the offseason, trying to coax a little tighter spin out of the pitches. His changeup, neglected in college, came in very handy in his first professional season. Having been used as a closer in college, he didn't have much need for the pitch, but since the Astros have him in the starting rotation, the changeup was something he relied on. Naturally, with his height, all of his pitches move on a downward plane.

Of the draft process, Ferrell said, "I talked to Jim Stevenson (an Astros area scout). He came and watched me pitch at Connor which was the JuCo (junior college) that I went to. About a month before the draft, they told me about where they thought I'd get picked, which I'd heard anywhere from 10 to 20 (10th to 20th rounds), and I was waiting around and waiting around and I didn't go. He called me in the 22nd round and asked if I still wanted to go. I said, 'Yeah, it's what I always wanted to do.' I didn't get picked until the 36th which is OK. It doesn't matter too much. After your top 10 rounds, you're all in the same boat. That's how I look at it anyway."

Once Ferrell got to the Gulf Coast League and got started with his professional career, he said, "My first couple of starts, my command was kind of shaky, just being in a new atmosphere and everything." As far as what we can expect to see from him, "If you ever see me pitch, you'll see that I'll go after hitters. I try not to pitch around them. I'll try to attack them from the very beginning."

What does he feel that he accomplished in his first season? Ferrell replied, "Just my maturity on the mound as far as facing more advanced hitters and learning how to pitch to them, keeping them off balance, keeping them guessing." And what is he working on? "There's a lot of stuff. I feel like you can learn stuff every time you go out on the mound, but as far as advancing myself, I'd say just getting the leadoff guy out. If I didn't get the first guy out, that always seemed like (those) were the runs that would hurt me."

When I asked Ferrell who on that GCL team had a pitch he'd like to steal, he told me, "My buddy Travis Ballew. He was in Corpus Christi and then he came down and pitched with us and he throws a sinker, a sink fastball. I'd like to learn that one here pretty soon or at least start working on it."

Of the GCL hitter he would least like to face, Ferrell said, "All our hitters were pretty good. I'd probably want to least face Dexture McCall. He was good all season and if you leave a fastball up to him, he has a powerful swing and he knows what to do with it."

Which fielders did he particularly like having behind him when he pitched? "Kristian Trompiz (middle infielder). He got moved up to Tri-City later on in the season, but I really liked Kristian. Him and Edwin Medina. He played centerfield for us for a little while and he got moved up to Greeneville. Those two, they really stuck out. They were always making good plays." When I asked if Medina had a good arm, Ferrell told me, "Yeah, but he didn't really need his arm ... because he'd run balls down everywhere."

If he couldn't play baseball, Ferrell said, "I'd definitely still watch baseball, but I'd go back to school. I was going to do dentistry before, but now I'm looking to go back and get my degree and start my own landscaping business."

When I asked Ferrell to tell me something about himself that most people don't know, he told me that most people who follow him on twitter might not know that he likes to hunt and fish since he never really talks about that. "I grew up deer hunting. I'm not just a city boy," Ferrell drawled in his heavy Oklahoma accent as if to emphasize that point.

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Thank you for your time, Justin, and best of luck as your journey continues.

Happy Birthday - 1/8

Happy Birthday to ~

RHP Samil de los Santos (21)
Signed by the Astros as a non-drafted free agent from the Dominican Republic in 2011, de los Santos made his first 11 appearances of the 2014 season with the GCL and his last four with the Greeneville Astros, combining for a 4.58 ERA and a 1.576 WHIP. He walked 12 and struck out 28 in 19.2 innings.

LF Danry Vasquez (21)
Originally signed by the Tigers as a NDFA out of Venezuela in 2010, Vasquez came to the Astros organization in the July 2013 Jose Veras trade. Vasquez spent his 2014 season with High A Lancaster, hitting .291/.353/.407 with 30 doubles, two triples, five home runs and 47 RBI in 114 games.

Former Astros with birthdays today ~

CF Jim Busby (died July 8, 1996 at 69)
Busby came to Houston as a free agent and played in 15 games for the Colt .45's in 1962 at the end of his career, hitting .182/.308/.182 in 11 at-bats. He was an All-Star with the White Sox in 1951 but his best season was for the Washington Senators in 1953 when he hit .312/.358/.415 in 150 games.

3B Gene Freese (died June 19, 2013 at 79)
Freese came to Houston in a July 1966 trade with the White Sox and played in 21 games for the Astros at the end of his career with forgettable results. His best season was arguably his 1961 season with the Reds when he hit .277/.307/.466 with 27 doubles, two triples and 26 home runs. In all, he played in the major leagues for 12 seasons.

OF Wilbur Howard (66)
Originally drafted by the Seattle Pilots in the 19th round in 1968, Howard came to Houston in a March 1974 trade with the Brewers. In 450 games played for the Astros from 1974 to 1978 he hit .252/.285/.327. He led the National League in fielding percentage as an outfielder in 1975.

RHP Julio Solano (55)
Solano was signed by Houston as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 1979, and pitched in 82 games for Houston from 1983 to 1987 with a 4.55 ERA and a 1.405 WHIP before being traded to Seattle in September 1987.

2B Dave Matranga (37)
A sixth round pick by the Astros in 1998, Matranga played in 6 games for Houston in 2003. In 5 at-bats, he got one hit -- a home run in his first major league at-bat. He only had one more major league plate appearance (with the Angels in 2005), and did not get a hit.

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Happy Birthday - 1/7

Happy Birthday to ~

C Carlos Corporan (31)
Originally drafted by Milwaukee in the 12th round in 2003 out of his native Puerto Rico, Corporan signed as a free agent with the Astros in 2010. Corporan spent his 2014 season in Houston serving as the backup catcher to Jason Castro. In 55 games, he hit .235/.302/.376 with six doubles, six home runs and 19 RBI.

Former Astros with birthdays today ~

OF Jim Pendleton (died March 20, 1996 at 72)
Pendleton was purchased from the Reds in October 1961 and played in 117 games for the Colt .45's in 1962, hitting .246/.279/.371.

LHP Dave Meads (51)
Drafted by the Astros in the sixth round in 1984, Meads pitched in 67 games in Houston in 1987 and 1988 with a 4.48 ERA and a 1.438 WHIP.

IF Craig Shipley (52)
Originally from New South Wales in Australia, Shipley came to Houston in this trade (according to Baseball-Reference):
December 28, 1994: Traded by the San Diego Padres with Derek Bell, Doug Brocail, Ricky Gutierrez, Pedro Martinez and Phil Plantier to the Houston Astros for a player to be named later, Ken Caminiti, Andujar Cedeno, Steve Finley, Roberto Petagine and Brian Williams. The Houston Astros sent Sean Fesh (minors) (May 1, 1995) to the San Diego Padres to complete the trade.
In 92 games for Houston in 1995, he hit .263/.291/.345.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Astros Winter League Recaps

Results for Monday, January 5, 2015

LIDOM

Águilas 4, Toros 1

Jonathan Villar returned to the Águilas lineup for the first time in at least a week and went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts.

Tomorrow, Águilas will head east again as they take on Estrellas.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACÍFICO

Jalisco 4, Mazatlán 1 (Jalisco wins series 4-0)

Leo Heras went 0-3 with a walk and a run scored for los Charros as they got the sweep.

And now, Jalisco waits.

PROBEIS PANAMA

Caballos 9, Industriales 8 in 11 innings

This one got wild late... Industriales put up 5 in the top of the 9th to take a 7-3 lead, but Caballos had a rally in the tank and answered with 4 in the bottom of the inning to send the game into extras. The 10th was quiet, but Industriales pulled ahead with a run in the top of the 11th. Caballos, however, had one more rally left in them, and they walked off with the win.

Jack Mayfield finished 2-4 with a 2-run homer in the 8th, which gave Caballos a 3-2 lead at that point. Tyler White and Telvin Nash both went 0-4 and drew a walk.

Caballos will face Indios tonight at 7:00 Eastern.

Game 1: Indios 5, Águilas 4

Rodrigo Ayarza clubbed a 2-run homer in his only at-bat. It happened in either the 2nd or the 3rd inning, because Indios scored 2 runs in those frames.

Game 2: Águilas 5, Indios 3

Águilas scored 3 in the top of the 7th to get the split in the twinbill. This was supposed to be the opening fixture of the season all the way back on December 15, but it got rained out.

Harold Arauz got the start for Águilas and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits (1 homer) and struck out 4 over 5.2 innings of work. Juan Delis pitched the 7th for Indios and allowed an unearned run, a hit, and walked 1. He allowed 2 runners he inherited from Indios starter Julio Denis to score in the inning.

Águilas will take on Industriales tonight. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

That's Baseball

I didn't think that I would be this nervous today. I'm confident that Biggio will be elected to the Hall of Fame, but the waiting is starting to get to me. So I'm pretending to work and checking in on twitter every few minutes to share the tension with my cyber friends.

I don't think that anyone outside of Houston (except for the expatriate Astros fans scattered around the globe) understands just what this means to us. Finally, finally, we will have someone enshrined in the Hall wearing an Astros cap. Those of us who have watched the Astros for decades, those who go back to the Colt .45s days, those who remember Buff Stadium, those who fell in love with the Astros in 1986, those who fell in love with them in the 90's watching Bagwell and Biggio playing side by side, those who have unconditionally loved Richard, Ryan, Thon, Bass, Dierker, Scott, Doran, Morgan, Cedeno, Wynn, Cruz, Berkman, Oswalt, Hatcher, Caminiti, Lidge, Wagner and a hundred other names ..... all of us will finally have someone we can call our own representing all of those memories from all of those years.

And not just anyone. Biggio was Houston baseball for 20 years. He played the game the right way. He became a part of the community. His name is still synonymous with The Sunshine Kids. He did it all quietly and without complaint, moving wherever he was asked, doing whatever was asked of him. Simply put, he is one of the good guys. And he will represent us, the fans, and give us something to point to with pride.

I was remembering an article that came out shortly before Biggio retired and I managed to find it here. Please read it, but keep a tissue handy. It states beautifully what all of us in Houston, all of us who watched Biggio play, already know about what he brought to the game of baseball and what he brought to the City of Houston.

Unfortunately, it looks unlikely that Bagwell will join him this time around, but join him he will, as he should ... eventually. But today is about Biggio and about Houston and about the Astros faithful who have laughed and cried and cheered and cursed for 50-some years. It's our turn.

Happy Birthday - 1/6

No future Astros with birthdays today, but one former Astro celebrates the day ~

LHP Alvin Morman (46)
Drafted by Houston in the 39th round in 1991, Morman pitched in 53 games for the Astros in 1996.  His record was 4-1 with a 4.93 ERA and a 1.595 WHIP. He went on to pitch for Cleveland, San Francisco and Kansas City.

Also, a Very Happy Birthday to friend of the blog Buca Morris (aka Brandon, aka Bartholomew, aka Bart Howe, but he'll answer to anything). We miss his wonderful voice on WTHB and hope that he will once again grace us with his presence.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Astros Winter League Recaps

Results for Saturday, January 3, and Sunday, January 4, 2015

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Adelaide 13, Sydney 5

The Bite, who top the table in Australia, got a grand slam in the 8th to win the series against the Blue Sox. Chan-Jong Moon finished 2-3 with a double, a walk, and 2 runs scored.

Next weekend, the Bite will make a trip to the West Coast of Australia, where they will take on the Perth Heat.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACÍFICO

Jalisco 3, Mazatlán 2 (Jalisco leads series 3-0)

Leo Heras finished 1-4 with 2 strikeouts for Jalisco, who are now 1 win away from advancing to the next round.

Game 4 is in Mazatlán and will take place at 7:30 Mountain.

LIGA DE BÉISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE

Results from Saturday

Carolina 6, Caguas 3

Carolina got into the win column as they doubled up Caguas. Carlos Corporán went 1-2 with a walk, while Jobduan Morales grounded into a double play as a pinch-hitter in the 6th. He remained in the game at 1B, and he later drew a walk and scored a run.

Roberto Peña finished 0-3 with a strikeout for Caguas.

Santurce 3, Mayagüez 1

Ruben Sosa got the start in center field. He went 0-5, but he drove in a run when he grounded into a force out and beat out a double play in the 2nd.

Results from Sunday

Santurce 9, Caguas 1

Santurce will emerge from the first weekend of round robin play as the lone undefeated team. Sosa finished 2-5. Roberto Peña entered the game in the 7th and finished out the game behind the plate, going 0-2.

Mayagüez 3, Carolina 2 in 11 innings

Carlos Corporán went 0-4 for Carolina.

After an off day, the league resumes play on Tuesday. The matchups from Sunday will be the same.

PROBEIS PANAMA

Results from Saturday (box scores not available)

The 2 games from Saturday both ended 2-1, with Caballos topping Águilas and Industriales defeating Indios.

Results from Sunday

Águilas 7, Indios 2 in 11 innings

Two Astros appeared for Indios: Rodrigo Ayarza was a defensive replacement in right field and went 0-1. Cris Santamaria pitched 4 innings and allowed a run, a hit, walked 2, and struck out 1.

Industriales 1, Caballos 0

Tyler White had the only hit for Caballos. Telvin Nash went 0-3.

The 4 teams will wrap up their brief 2-game sets tonight. Both games will take place at 7:00 Eastern.

Happy Birthday - 1/5

No future Astros with birthdays today, but this former Astro celebrates ~

OF Milt Thompson (56)
Drafted in the second round in 1979 by Atlanta, Thompson came to Houston in a July 1994 trade with the Phillies. Thompson played for Houston in 101 games over two seasons in 1994 and 1995.  He was unable to duplicate his earlier success for Atlanta (.302 BA over 98 games), Philadelphia (.279 BA over five seasons), and St. Louis (.274 over four seasons) as he batted only .229 for Houston. In 2014, he was the Hitting Coach for the Kansas City High A affiliate.

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Happy Birthday - 1/4

Happy Birthday to ~

OF Bobby Boyd (22)
Drafted in 2014 in the 8th round out of West Virginia University, Boyd spent the first 42 games of his inaugural season with Tri-City, hitting .333/.404/.371 and the final 20 games with Quad Cities, hitting .219/.288/.247.

SS Jeffry Santos (22)
Santos came to the Houston organization in a July 2014 trade that sent RHP Bobby Doran to the White Sox. In 34 games for the Greeneville Astros, he hit .218/.285/.273 (.240/.350/305 for the season). He is from the Dominican Republic.

These former Astros mark the day as well ~

CF Jason Bourgeois (33)
Jason was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 2nd round in 2000 out of Forest Brook High School in Houston and came to the Astros as a waiver claim in 2010. After putting up rather pedestrian numbers in 69 games for Houston in 2010, Jason found his groove in 2011 as he got more regular playing time. In 93 games for Houston in 2011, he compiled a .294/.323./.357/.680 batting line with 31 stolen bases. He was traded to Kansas City in March 2012 along with Humberto Quintero for Kevin Chapman and D'Andre Toney. Bourgeois played for the Reds in 2014.

RHP Don McMahon (died July 22, 1987 at 57)
McMahon was purchased by Houston from the Milwaukee Braves in May 1962 and pitched in 100 games for the 1962 and 1963 Colt 45's with a ERA of 2.81 and WHIP of 1.245. He was an All-Star for Milwaukee in 1958. He played a total of 18 seasons in the major leagues for seven teams with a 2.96 ERA and a 1.246 WHIP in 874 appearances.

RHP Larry Yellen (72)
Yellen was signed by Houston as an amateur free agent in 1963 and pitched in 14 games for the 1963 and 1964 Colt .45's with a 6.23 ERA and a 1.731 WHIP.

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